开封府 (Kaifengfu)

Today my little group and I set out in hopes to explore the Millenium Park, but instead ended up at Kaifengfu within the center of the city. We decided to wait on the Millenium Park because in a few weeks there will be either a flower festival or a changing of the leaves festival there (we still aren’t sure which). Since the price of admission is a bit on the higher side, the decision was unanimous to wait for the festival to see the temples and grounds of the park. Therefore, we ended up at the Kaifengfu. It was most famous for being the home place for Lord Bao of the Song Dynasty. The Song Dynasty ruled over China from about 999 AD to 1279 AD, and Lord Bao called this palace home until his death in 1062. Thinking back, it’s absolutely amazing that I was just walking around a huge palace that’s about 1000 years old. Every day I’m hit with sensory overload in China, from the foods and the sights and sounds, and my mind constantly feels bogged down with all of the history here–it’s just amazing. You can find out more about Lord Bao and Kaifengfu here and here. Here are some photos I took while touring around, I hope you enjoy them!

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